The Second Edition of the much awaited Raymond presents ‘MTV India Music Summit– Many Musical Journeys, One True Note’ was indeed a listeners delight by all means.
Those who were present, experienced the purest form of music starting at 6 am till midnight across various genres and venues, be it the grand ballroom with exquisite old silver chandeliers to the ‘ Saheliyon ki bari’ an exotic poolside ‘Baithak’ to open air Rock-show set-ups,all enchanted the listeners with a mix of performances ranging from Indian Classical Music, Ghazal, Sufi, Jazz and Folk music genres, well-curated by Musiconcepts. The festival turned out to be a must-attend music fiesta ideal for the connoisseurs of music who wanted to listen to the music in its purest form, as it brought light on the various elements of music like ‘Taleem’ in Hindustan classical music and key elements of composing, importance of language and various genres in presentations, bringing out the key essence of music and its creation.
Created by founders Mala Sekhri, Ambika Srivastava and Aparna Joshi, the second edition of the summit was a congregation of musicians from across the country and beyond Bollywood and commercial music, who came together to give the audiences a glimpse into the vast repertoire of the music as an art form.
The grand inaugural ceremony began post lunch on a shiny afternoon at the grand ballroom with the lighting of the lamp, that was attended by renowned musicians like L. Subramaniam, Usha Uthup, Hariharan, Sujaat Khan, Suresh Wadkar, Robin Barnes, Ajay Prasanna along with founding partners of Musiconcepts Pvt Limited, and creators and conceptualisers of the summit — Mala Sekhri, Aparna Joshi and Ambika Srivastava and the Poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi and Sanjay Behl CEO Raymond.
In his augural address Sanjay Behl, CEO Raymond, the presenting partner said,
Raymond as a brand is very keen in associating with anything which is rich in Indian heritage.Raymond has been strongly associated with Indian art and craft and have been supporting the ‘Khadi movement’. Raymond is in its iconic 93rd year since its inception and I think MTV India music summit is a great way ahead for us to contribute in preserving our traditional Indian Classical Music and various genres representing our rich cultural ethos.We as a brand take a lot of pride in showcasing our Indian culture. I do not think there is any other country in the world, which can showcase such cultural diversity and richness in tradition in all forms of art.
Behl urged the corporate world to join him in this movement to promote Indian arts and cultural heritage.
The man behind the Summit, Poet -lyricist Prasoon Joshi, said
This festival is trying to create a balance between the choices of the people, sometimes we reflect the choices of the people and sometimes we try to shake them, MTV Indian Music summit is trying to do the both, while latter is more difficult. This is a platform where the musicians can perform what they want to perform, instead of what we want them to perform. I would like to make a point here that, the need of the hour is to have more seekers of great music and poetry, than just being passive consumers of whatever is being thrown to us.This festival is not just about performing music, but also, talking about music, different compositions, genres and languages used while composing a musical piece. Today, We need ‘Kansens’ i.e better listeners as much as we have Tansen’s i.e performers.
Prasoon concluded his address by singing his own composition “Seekhona naino ki bhasha piya” that has been originally rendered by the classical virtuoso Subha Mudhgal.
Usha Uthup in conversation with Mala Sekhri shared interesting insights into her early life, beginning from her childhood days to her first stint in Bollywood and the journey of her life wrapping it up with her most talked about Kanjivarams, that being her style statement. Uthup enthralled the audiences with her powerful sonorous voice singing her all-time hits like ‘Dam Maro Dam’ and many more at an evening session.
It’s wonderful to be a part of anything that revolves around music and MTV India music summit is an absolutely brilliant platform to experience music and also meet up with different artists and musicians with whom you can exchange views and learn. – Usha Uthup
The Kathak exponent Manjari Chaturvedi with her exquisite dance presentation ‘The courtesan Project’ presented the compositions, artistry and repertoire of the courtesan era in her distinct style, which was followed by a conversation with Saif Mehmood, wherein she brought light to the courtesans of India who were indeed the most empowered women of their times.
The sitar maestro Ustad Sujaat Khan drew the audiences closer with his intricate gayaki ang presentation of various compositions starting from raga Shudh Kalyan ‘Mandal baje ri’ followed by yaman kalyan,a thumri and a ghazal that came along with interesting trivia on his journey how the maestros Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Amir Khan and Pt.Bhimsen joshi contributed to his art.
Abhang, as the word connotes to something that is indestructible and bestows continuity. It is a divine art form that connects both the singer and the listeners to the all mighty.
The audiences are the kings of today, as they are the ones to patron and protect our ancient music and traditional art forms. MTV Indian Music Summit is about a ‘saccha sur’ and I feel Ambika, Mala and Aparna are tridevi’s who have got together to pay a tribute to maa Durga as I see ‘Ambika ke naam se Mala Arpan ho rahi hai.’
Patronage is the only way out for bringing Urdu on the forefront and to popularise Ghazal. It’s not the question of Urdu as a language alone, but it’s sad to know that today’s generation doesn’t even know how to speak Hindi properly. We need to have a feel for our culture and appreciate our languages.
The EndNote –A tribute was indeed a heartfelt experience wherein the legends Prasoon Joshi, Aruna Sairam ( Carnatic vocal ), Ambi Subramaniam( violin), Pandit Ajay Prasanna ( flute), Indranil Hariharan and Amit Choubey(Tabla) together paid a tribute to the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi singing ‘Vaishnav Janto’.